Audacity Defined: Congress Gives Itself A Pay Raiseby Doug Mataconis
Notwithstanding record low approval ratings, it appears that the members of the House of Representatives think they’re entitled to a pay raise:
WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Despite record-low approval ratings, House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000.
The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between Democrats and Republicans last year and again in January killed the pay hike due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay hike in seven years.
The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves a pay hike until Congress raised the minimum wage. Delays in the minimum wage bill cost every lawmaker about $3,100 this year.
On a 244-181 vote Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans alike killed a bid by Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Lee Terry, R-Neb., to get a direct vote to block the COLA, which is automatically awarded unless lawmakers vote to block it. The Senate has not indicated when it will deal with a similar measure.
Unlike those lucky folks on Capitol Hill and the rest of the people who work for, or receive benefits from, the Federal Government, most of us aren’t entitled to a pay raise just because the “cost of living” has increased.
But, of course, we’re the little people. And they deserve it.